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City of Trussville to create Civil Service Personnel Board
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TRUSSVILLE — Plans for The Filling Station Pizza Cafe & Bar have been presented to the Trussville Design Review Board. Two renderings were presented by a representative from Milam & Co. Construction. The property at 112 South Chalkville would be converted from an auto service shop, formerly Liberty Automotive, to a
Anthony Jerome Cottingham and Eric Donjae Mabry, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office See FRED’S, Page 4
Pinson store owner said ‘brain shut down’ when robber came in with gun By Erica Thomas, managing editor
PINSON — The owner of the Pinson Chevron that was robbed Friday, April 19, has a message for the man who shot her husband: Get a job! The owner, who does not want to be identified, said she See PINSON STORE, Page 3
Argo City Council discusses new generator for storm shelter, roof options for municipal building
The Filling Station Pizza Cafe & Bar has plans to come to Trussville
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From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council voted unanimously Monday to form its own Civil Service Personnel Board. After the first reading, the council voted to consider Ordinance 2019-020. The council then moved to vote on the ordinance itself. It passed unanimously. The city currently relies on the Jefferson County Personnel Board to recruit and train civil service employees. The
city has been under the county board since 1992 and the Police Department has been under the county since the 1960s. According to Mayor Buddy Choat, the city has already been paying around $200,000 a year for the county services. “For us to have an opportunity to form our own personnel board, it’s a big step for this city and it’s a long time coming,” Choat said. “Those of you who have dealt with this issue whether you’re a city employee or within this system, you can understand that this decision is what I
think is best for this city.” Choat said the creation of the Civil Service Personnel Board has been researched for over four months. It is not clear exactly how much it will cost, but he said the first moves will be to create a Human Resources Director and to approve policies. He said the city will be able to oversee benefits to employees, pay raises, job creation and discipline policies. The Disciplinary Board will be made up of three people and any employee can bring grievances to that board.
Councilman Brian Plant said the board is an opportunity for the city to ensure a positive workplace environment. “We’ve tried to create an environment here where I hope that you’re treated fairly and with dignity. We try to treat this like it’s family,” said Plant. “It allows us to create opportunities for not only those that are working here but create opportunities that fill jobs that benefit our city.” Mayor Choat hopes the board will be up and running by October 1, 2019.
Car slams into Walmart off Chalkville Mountain Road
Clay Council passes P&Z case authorizing Highland Green Sector III zoning change By Crystal McGough, copy editor
The Clay City Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday, April 23, to approve Planning & Zoning Case Number: Z-2019-02, which authorizes the rezoning of parcels of land know collectively as Highland Green Sector III from Medium Density Residential to High Density Residential for the purpose of building a garden home subdivision with 50 homes. See P&Z CASE, Page 4
Tickets for pot; changes in misdemeanor cases in Jefferson County From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
By Shaun Szkolnik, for the Tribune
ARGO — The Argo City Council discussed options for a new generator for the storm shelter in its meeting Monday, April 22. There were questions as to what size generator would be needed to best serve the community in the event of a
JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced a big shift in how some misdemeanor offenses will be handled Monday, April 22. Sheriff Pettway approved the use of uniform nontraffic citations and complaint forms
See GENERATOR, Page 5
See TICKETS, Page 6
Science fair winners recognized at Trussville school board meeting By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — Winners of the Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair at UAB were invited to be recognized at the Trussville City Schools monthly meeting on Monday, April 22. See SCIENCE FAIR, Page 8
Paine Elementary School focusing on each student for success Photo by Trussville FD From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE – A car drove through a wall at the Walmart off Chalkville Mountain Road on Monday, April 22, according to Trussville Fire Chief Tim Shotts. The Walmart is located at 5919 Trussville Crossings Parkway.
The Trussville Fire Department said there were only minor injuries; one person in the vehicle was taken to the hospital. District Marketing Manager for Walmart, John Tow, said that no one other than the driver and the passenger was hurt. Tow also said that two people were walking in the area when the accident happened, including a little
girl, but that they were not hit, although they were badly shaken. According to Tow, the damage occurred in the area of the vending machines, but he said that the damaged wall was not a weight bearing wall. Walmart will remain open and repairs will commence immediately. “I’m just glad it wasn’t worse,” said Tow.
Pastor George Maronge and his wife traveled to Walmart to check on the elderly couple that had been in the vehicle. The couple attends Grace Community Church on Deerfoot, which Maronge pastors. Upon arrival, Morange learned that the couple would be sent to St. Vincent’s Hospital, and Morange went there to check on the couple.
By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — Paine Elementary School Principal Dr. Lisa Lothspeich presented data from a new program aimed at helping each individual student improve their performance. After a comprehensive analysis of all students, plans were made for the daily See PAINE, Page 10
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FCF Trussville holds Easter weekend ribbon cutting for new sanctuary By Crystal McGough, copy editor
TRUSSVILLE -- Faith Community Fellowship in Trussville opened the doors of its brand new sanctuary to the public over Easter weekend. Lead Pastor Steve McCarty and the FCF staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m., and the church’s first Easter service was held in the new sanctuary that evening. On Sunday, FCF held two more Easter services in the new building at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. “Today is such an incredible day for us to celebrate as a Faith family,” McCarty said prior to cutting the ribbon Saturday. “This is a dream that is coming true, and as you dedicate this building today, you’re going to see the dream become a reality. So many of you have played such a vital part in making this happen.” Faith Community Fellowship was founded in 2006 by McCarty and his wife, Dana, who had returned to the United States after serving as missionaries. The church originally met in the Paine Primary School gymnasium. On Oct. 18, 2009, FCF held its first Sunday service in what
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was dubbed “The Upper Room,” the worship center of its very own building. That building, however, was not meant for the adult congregation. “It was October of 2009 when we cut the ribbon on (the original) building,” McCarty said. “Some of you were standing right there. And when we did, that whole building we built for children. That’s what it’s always been for. When we built this (new) building, it means we can finally dedicate 100% of use of that building to children.” McCarty believes that children are the future of the church and makes it a priority of FCF to build up future generations of believers. “I went back and I looked at the video of the kids that Pastor David (Volunteer’s Pastor and former Children’s Pastor David Graveman) -- Dave cut the
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ribbon on that building because it was for them – and I thought about those children…” McCarty said. “Those kids grew up through our children’s ministry, they grew up through our youth ministry, they’ve gone off to college, some of those kids right now are serving in foreign countries, some of those kids will be on the platform on our campuses this weekend leading worship, some of those kids are out in the marketplace as believers because of the investment of so many of you in their lives, and that building brings us to this building.” Construction of the new sanctuary, which was built by Blalock Building Company Inc., began in the fall of 2017. The project was part of a grander plan, known as “Moving Faith Forward,” which also included upgrades at FCF’s other two campuses in Springville and Pell City.
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Preliminary hearing in Cracker Barrel shooting will be May 30 From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The preliminary hearing has been set in the case of the man suspected in the deadly Cracker Barrel shooting on March 28. The arraignment and the preliminary hearing for Bryan Hancock, 22, of Pinson, will be Thursday, May 30, at 1:30 p.m. The case has been assigned to Judge Tracie Todd in Jefferson County. Hancock is charged with capital murder in connection to the shooting death of Ran-
Bryan Hancock, Jefferson County Jail
dy Young. Young was shot in the head in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant on
Norrell Drive. He was taken to the hospital by Trussville Fire and Rescue and was on life support for two days before succumbing to his injuries. It was determined the incident started after the suspects parked their vehicle in a manner that blocked the victim’s vehicle. Police determined an altercation escalated into the shooting. Hancock faces the death penalty if found guilty of capital murder. His attorneys said video evidence will prove their client was acting in self-defense.
Secret Service working credit card skimming operation investigation From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
MOODY — The Moody Police Department arrested four people in connection to a credit card skimming operation. Investigators said the group successfully placed a skimming device at a business in Leeds. The business called authorities and, with the help of St. Clair County dispatchers, Moody Police were able to intercept the subjects, according to police. Moody Police detectives believe the
three adults and one juvenile were on the way to plant another device in another location. They said the group had already hidden the device inside the business in Moody. The suspects have been identified as Anna Maria Constantina, Matei Rafaila and Ionut Caramizaru. The identity of the juvenile will not be released unless he or she is charged as an adult. The Secret Service got involved in the investigation after investigators discovered the scope of the operation.
The Moody Police Department said the quick response of everyone involved prevented people from being victims of card skimming.
PINSON STORE, from front page
was at the location at 5315 Pinson Valley Parkway when a man came in with a gun demanding money. It happened around 6:57 a.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The armed robber shot the floor and fragments hit the victim’s leg. The shooter fled the scene, and the owners, a married couple, were left in shock. Amazingly, a regular customer, who is a nurse, was there after the shooting and was able to tend to the victim. The owner said she instantly felt the love of her loyal customers. “Right away they all came inside and hugged us and made us feel like they were there for us,” she said. “The community is so good here. I just wanted to tell our customers that we really appreciate their prayers and their concern and their help for us. Also, I just want them to feel safe and secure to come do business with us.”
This is the first time the couple has been robbed in their 15 years of doing business at the location. “It was very shocking to us because we never experienced anything like that in our life before,” the owner said. She said her husband, herself and their employees have taken webinars and seminars on how to deal with dangerous situations such as an armed robbery. “We were pretty calm and didn’t react much and gave him what he asked for,” she said. “We said, ‘Go ahead and take it, but at least don’t kill anyone over it.’ We could have done a lot, but the brain was totally
shut down. We couldn’t think or anything.” The woman said her husband is doing much better after seeking medical treatment for his wounds. No arrest has been made, but the owner has a message to shooter: “My message is to him that I hope he doesn’t harm anybody else because that person could be a father to someone, or a mother, a brother, maybe he is feeding the family,” she said. “You don’t know how many lives you’ve affected. Work hard and your hard work will pay for it. Instead of taking free money, just work hard, get a job!”
Local firefighters train on Alabama Fire College mobile unit
By Erica Thomas, managing editor
CENTER POINT — The Alabama Fire College mobile unit made a stop in Center Point Wednesday, April 17, to train firefighters from local districts. Center Point Fire and Rescue invited firefighters from Fultondale, Palmerdale and Trussville to join in on the training. The mobile burn unit is packed with propane tanks pumping in gas to two burners. A controller inside the unit is able to control the level of fire and can turn off the fire at any time in case of an emergency. Alan Martin, the mobile operator for the burn trailer, said the training is very important. "The purpose of it is to allow firefighters to train in conditions that are controlled," he said. "They get to feel the heat; they get to experience the smoke and all that but yet it's a controlled environment." The temperature of the fire can be controlled by the operator and the high-tech system is able to simulate a fire roll, where the fire quickly grows to the ceiling of the unit. Once the fire is going, smoke is pumped out making it nearly impossible to
see what's happening. It isn't until you get close to the flames that you can see anything. A tool used to help firefighters navigate is the thermal imaging camera. The handheld device can detect heat, record video and take still images. The Center Point Fire District has upgraded its FLIR thermal imaging cameras to gain more resolution and help save lives in emergency situations. The new cameras were used in the mobile unit training. In order to go inside the mobile unit, firefighters have to dress in full personal protective equipment, the same as they would in a real-world fire situation. That includes a head-to-toe protective suit, boots, a heavy air tank, a shield hood and a helmet. While newer firefighters can become exhausted just from wearing the gear, more seasoned firefighters said they are used to it. The training Wednesday also included mayday policy training and RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) policy training. The policy for a mayday is simple. If a person gets trapped or gets low on air, they declare a mayday. At that time, all radio traffic is cleared so they can communicate where they
are and what the problem is. The RIT stands guard during firefights and responds when a firefighter goes down or needs immediate attention. Logistics Director Chris Horn with the Center Point Fire District said his department does this training once a year. "It's very important to us,” said Horn. “This training is important and our accountability system is a big thing. All of our guys have nametags on their helmets and when we get on a scene, it goes on a board and that way we can keep up with folks.” The Alabama Fire College makes this training available to fire departments across the state. Everyone that participates gets a certificate and the certification goes towards ISO (insurance rating) points. There are three trailers available and departments must schedule the training well in advance. Each department decides what specific training they want and what they want to get out of the burn simulator. The fire college designs the scenario the department wants to practice. The Trussville Tribune had a firsthand look at this training. A video is posted at www.trussvilletribune.com.
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P&Z CASE, from front page
Prior to the vote, the council held a public hearing on the case. Four citizens who live in the area came to speak against the rezoning. The first speaker was Michelle Johnson. “Last week I came and I had a petition that I had several homeowners sign in reference to it,” Johnson said. “We understand that there is going to be something built there. That’s not what our argument or our concern is. Our concern is what is being built there, and how that affects our property values. Those of us that live in that property have a very different feel about what we want it to look like. We want it to look like what’s already existing parcels that are there, and that’s our concern.” Johnson said that the properties that currently exist in the area, including Clayton Cove, Highland Green phases I and II, and Forest Loop, range from $225,000 to $300,000. “I find it hard to believe the rest of us would not be negatively affected by the value of our home,” she said. The next speaker was Ken Garner. “This new dwelling would be right outside of my front door,” Garner said. “Less than 500 feet. From what we know, as Ms. Johnson stated, these dwellings would not be of the same caliber of homes that are already
existing. That’s property value; that’s everybody who’s homeowners that are paying their mortgages every month, to have to take this hit to place something in our community that doesn’t fit. We’re not against expansion, growing the city, bringing in new revenue, all of that is great for everyone. But as she mentioned, as well, we live in that community and this is affecting us directly. “Another issue would be infrastructure. Clayton Cove Road cannot handle the volume of people that drive on it already. The road is not to scale to accommodate…that’s possibly another 100 cars coming in and out of that area daily. That’s my concern.” Roderick Jackson spoke next. “This will affect us…we’re all citizens here at Clay,” he said. “As stated earlier, we’re not trying to prevent building. We want to grow. However, we want to stay with the character of the neighborhood. We want homes built with at least 2,000 and up square feet… also 50 homes would impact that area. My wife and I walk that area almost every evening…this will definitely affect us.” Mayor Charles Webster addressed Jackson’s concerns over the size of the houses planned for the subdivision. “I think its sort of a misconception
that people don’t understand,” Webster said. “The medium density that this plan was designed for years ago, the size home that could fit on that lot, square footage-wise, would be the same size home as the high density. So if we told this builder to go out there and build on the lots that are there now, he can actually build the same size home on that lot, which wouldn’t change the value of that at all. That’s one thing that I think is a misconception, that you’re thinking since it’s high density that the houses would be smaller, they would not be smaller. They’ll actually be the same size. “I’ve talked to them and our goal is, and my goal is, you can tell by the houses that are being built right here in Paradise Valley. The builders said it’s going to be three-sided brick homes and I said, ‘no, they’re going to be all brick.’ Because I want to keep those values high. I don’t want a siding on the house, I don’t want something that’s going to be painted and five or 10 years from now it looks bad, and then nobody wants to do the maintenance on their house. These houses are going to be the same; they’re going to be all brick homes. They’re going to be nice… the size of the home is going to be the minimum size that it would be if it was
medium density homes.” In answer to a question regarding the value of the proposed homes, Allen Jones III, an authorized agent of Highland Green Development LLC, said that his assumption is that the proposed homes would sell for between $175,000 to $195,000. The final speaker during the public hearing was Sheila Gray. “First of all, we know that’s the developer’s property and we’re not disputing that,” Gray said. “He can do whatever he wants to, we know that. I know the subdivision is going to have a homeowner’s association, but it does not reduce crime. People put in a fee and it makes the place look pretty, and that’s pretty much what it is. Folks moved there…that want to get out; they want to have a nice place, they want to take care of their place, they don’t want their properties to be messed up…they deserve that, they really deserve that. “In the last few months, I’ve observed several things. With the council, the zoning commission, everything that’s said, people get mad, I get mad. I don’t want it to be where everybody gets mad. I just want to speak my piece and ask a few questions. “The Planning & Zoning Commission has members that are from the
FRED’S, from front page From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
CENTER POINT — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that happened over the weekend at Fred’s in Center Point. Anthony Cottingham and Eric
Mabry were arrested shortly after the incident at the store at 1683 Center Point Parkway. They are both facing charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft of property and third-degree criminal mischief. According to jail records, Mabry
city council. Now, it’s legal, I got that… it’s pretty much stacked. Everybody is going to, it’s going to be approved. In the last council vote, I noticed one thing: everybody that approved it said, ‘Because I approved it, I said yes in the Planning & Zoning, I’m going to approve it in the council.’ And so that’s what happened, they voted yes.” Gray asked if there is a municipal code, regulation, or court precedence or ruling that says they must vote the same on the council as they did in P&Z. She also asked for guidance to where she could find such a rule. In addition, she asked if council members who vote no have to justify voting no. “I can explain that,” Webster said. “There was actually some questions that weren’t answered at the last council meeting when this was voted on and that’s why, instead of voting no – actually, this whole project probably should’ve been tabled; would’ve been the proper procedure, to table it until we got those answers – but once you take a vote, you voted. You can’t go back and change that vote.” Gray said that part of her question was pertaining to the council’s vote on a similar zoning change for a garden home subdivision off Dug Hollow
Road. “We’re not talking about that right now,” Webster said. Dixon said that he could answer Gray’s question about the municipal code. “All municipalities in the state of Alabama are set up by the Code of Alabama,” he said. “Every commission that is required, which is Planning & Zoning and Board of Zoning adjustments – those are the only two commissions required for a municipality in the state of Alabama – are defined in the Alabama code. You will find that online under the state of Alabama. It defines the members of each Planning & Zoning…You’ll find all of that in the Code of Alabama on the state website.” At the end of her time, Gray said that she didn’t feel the the council had understood her question. In other city news, the council unanimously approved Resolution 2019-05, authorizing elimination of nuisances on private properties located at 5530 San Marcos Drive and 7501 Stoneycreek Drive. The next Clay City Council meeting will be held at Clay City Hall on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., immediately following a pre-council session at 6 p.m.
CAFE & BAR, from front page
was just arrested and released on April 14 for theft of property in another case. The manager of Fred’s was unable to comment on the incident. Just this month, the closure of this Fred’s location as part of a broad liquidation plan.
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The Filling Station offers pizza, pasta, sandwiches and dessert. There is no word on an opening date, but Barrett Milam, with Milam & Co. Construction, said the owners are “anxious to get the ball rolling.”
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By The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council heard concerns over a proposed development on Highway 11 during the public hearing section of its regular meeting on April 23. The proposal is to rezone a parcel of property on U.S. Highway 11 from R2 residential to a combination of C2 commercial and RG residential garden homes. The property is located across the highway from the Winn-Dixie shopping center which is zoned C2. The property is bordered by homes on Dew Drive and Birch Street. The only commitments for the commercial portion of the property currently in place are with the Trussville Board of Education and a gas station and convenience store. Under C1 zoning, the BOE would be permissible, but the gas station and convenience store would require a special exemption from the Board of Zoning and Adjustments. Concerns from residents there include added traffic, school overcrowding, less green space, the smell of gas and garbage, water runoff and noise. Some residents sug-
gested the city buy the property, but Mayor Buddy Choat said the city has not discussed that option. Developer David Stovall said he has and will address concerns and do what he can to help ease them. But he said the property owner has private property rights. “I understand the adjacent property owners are upset about the fact that this property is being developed because they have been looking at it as long as they’ve lived there and the trees are beautiful and I agree with that,” Stovall said. “I would say if I was one of those adjacent property owners I wouldn’t be too happy about it either. I’ve heard you all speak several times that your responsibility to look out for the city of Trussville as a whole, however, when that concern becomes a violation of someone’s personal property
road where this development would be. When it comes to water runoff issues, Stovall said the city and the state have design standards that would be followed to ensure the best practices are in place during the building process. City Clerk Lynn Porter said as long as a developer or property owner has plans that go along with city regulations, those plans will likely be approved. The council voted 3-2 to make Monday’s reading the first reading after Councilman Alan Taylor asked to be given more time to learn about the proposal and the objections to the proposal. Taylor was unable to attend a previous meeting where the plan was discussed because he was on vacation. The council will vote on the rezoning proposal at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 14. There will be no public hearing on the issue at that time. The Trussville Planning and Zoning Committee denied a request to rezone the property during a meeting on March 11.
GENERATOR, from front page
storm or disaster. The council decided to have a third party assess the situation and provide an estimate as to how large of a generator would best suit the shelter. The council discussed options for a new roof for city hall. The council had been provided several estimates by Right Choice Roofing: • Fix the leaks $6,248.16 • Replace the roof screws with larger ones $4,804.80 • Roof replacement with Stand and Seam system $135,518.74 • Roof replacement with seamed option $112,075.54 During the discussion, Councilor Ann Cowan noted that the estimates listed a roof size that seemed much larger than the roof size of the Argo Municipal Complex. The other councilors agreed that the listed size might have been incorrect. The
council decided to table the matter until an accurate measurement of the roof could be taken. Councilor Ann Brown addressed the council about the city holding a book sale. “As most of you know, we have quite a few thousand books, most of which are in storage,” said Brown. “I would like to have a books sale here in the meeting room on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. I’m asking for volunteers from the mayor and the council, and also the community.” Brown further said that she hoped the book sale could generate enough revenue to purchase children’s books for the residents of Argo to use. “We desperately need children’s books,” said Brown. “So, my goal in all this is to make enough money to buy some children’s books.”
After some discussion, the council decided that it would be advantageous to hold the sale in an area where there was higher foot traffic. The council also discussed the possibility of a food truck for the sale and decided that, depending upon availability, a food truck would be present at the event. The council decided, dependent upon availability of the venue, that the sale will be held on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the location of 391 U.S. Highway 11. The council unanimously approved funding for the rear tires of the city’s tractor. The cost will be approximately $1,000 from Harbison Tire and Auto Service. In other news, the council approved funds to purchase a sign containing park rules to be placed in the Argo Park.
From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce had Trussville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill as its guest speaker for the April luncheon. Neill presented the State of the Schools address with all positive news. Neill said the system is on an upward trajectory as it nears the end of the 20182019 school year. The system now has five schools: three elementary, one middle and one high school. The system was up 163 students this year. Neill said the system is starting to see growth because of new homes coming to Trussville. She said she will be monitoring growth closely to keep up with any influx of students. Neill thanked the Trussville City Schools Education Foundation, the Athletic Foundation and Courtesy Buick GMC in Trussville for financial support. In 2018, the system ranked #2 in the state on the Alabama State Department of Education report card. Trussville City Schools scored a 96. That was up from the previous year when the system ranked #5 with a 93. Mountain Brook was the only system ahead of Trussville in 2018 and it had a score of 98. Neill believes an important part of gauging system success is tracking the progress of graduates in their first year of college. The University of Alabama and Auburn University reported those numbers in spring of 2018. Graduates of Hewitt-Trussville who attended Auburn had a 100% completion rate in their freshman year. That
Superintendent Pattie Neill presents data to the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce
compares to 95.3% of all Auburn freshmen. At Alabama, 97.22% of students from Hewitt-Trussville completed their first year, compared to 95.28% of all freshmen at the university. "I'm very, very proud of our state school report for Hewitt-Trussville High School freshmen...,” Neill said. “It's very important and not talked about very much." Neill said academics isn't the only thing she's proud of. "That's our purpose, but we have also had high rankings in athletics and we have had state-level play in football, track, baseball and girls' basketball just in the last year," Neill said. "Also our transportation department had an outstanding inspection and always has." Neill also recognized the school system's fine arts and public relations departments for excellence. When it comes to safety, Neill pointed out that Hewitt-Trussville Middle School just received the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award for Excellence and was one of only 10 schools in the state to achieve the honor. Along with personnel, training, action plans and programs, the system also has secure facilities that the superintendent said are very
important when it comes to keeping students safe. "We have all of our doors locked, we have double-entry vestibules, we have everything going for us and we're so fortunate and so blessed to have the school facilities we have," Neill said. One area the superintendent hopes to improve upon is mental health. Beth Cardwell has been named Student Support Specialist to help with that. "Mental health is changing in frequency, it's changing in severity and it changes in our communities and in our nation to the extent that we're always playing catch-up to help students and families with mental health issues," Neill said. The system is focusing on improving the mental health of students and addressing issues they may face, according to Neill. Children's of Alabama has created the Psychiatric Intake Response Center. It can be reached at (205) 638-PIRC (7472). Dr. Pattie Neill has been the superintendent for Trussville City Schools for seven years. The school board meets the third Monday of each month. Visit the system's website at www.trussvillecityschools.com to check out the calendar.
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Apr. 24 - 30, 2019
Local meteorologists getting online hate messages after severe weather coverage By Erica Thomas, managing editor
BIRMINGHAM — After spending countless hours on severe weather coverage this week, local meteorologists are dealing with the aftermath of more than the storms. They are also dealing with the backlash of their on air coverage during the deadly storms. Any time a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service, meteorologists are obligated to warn viewers with live television coverage. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a mandate requiring the broadcast of warnings. Although a crawl at the bottom of the screen is sufficient, individual weather departments have policies when
it comes to wall-to-wall coverage. In all cases, the FCC has the right to pull a station's license if the organization does not act in a way deemed necessary to public interest. Warning the public of a potentially deadly tornado would qualify as a necessary interest. However, that means interrupting regularly scheduled programming, which can be offsetting to otherwise loyal viewers. If meteorologists feel the need to warn viewers during tornado watches or severe thunderstorm warnings, they often break into programming with the message. While one area could be experiencing a life-threatening thunderstorm or tornado, an area far from the threat could be enjoying sunshine and clear skies. Still, each
station has what's called a "DMA" or designated market area. That area can be broad and anytime there is a warning in that large area, there will be live coverage. Many in the television news industry understand the importance of this coverage. Historically, it has saved lives by alerting people of the impending danger heading their way. It can
be a lifeline for those who are unable to hear tornado sirens or get alerts from smartphone technology. As deadly and destructive storms ripped through the state this week (April 14 and April 18), local meteorologists were tracking storms for hours on end, predicting what could happen, educating the public on what was happening and broadcasting the reality of tragic situations. Homes were torn apart, property damaged and lives were taken. The meteorologists worked long hours and overnight to keep viewers in their DMA aware, and just like clockwork, the online hate began pouring in just as fast as the floodwaters. ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann re-
ceived messages on Twitter during Thursday night's coverage. The station did a minute-long cut-in during Grey's Anatomy and one viewer voiced his disappointment online. Spann said this type of reaction comes with the territory. "We live in a society full of very selfish people that have no concern over anything other than themselves and that is reflected in the messages we received," said Spann. Even before the cut-in, some viewers threatened Spann with physical harm if he were to break into their beloved television show. WBRC Fox6 News Chief Meteorologist JP Dice was also dealing with hateful messages. He responded on Facebook with a public post about
the hard work that goes into covering severe weather. That post has since been removed. When Dice was thanked for the coverage, he responded by saying he was "taking a beating for it." Multiple storm reports came in Thursday evening and Friday morning after the storms left Alabama. The National Weather Service will survey areas and release information at a later date. On Sunday, April 14, the National Weather Service confirmed at least 13 tornadoes with the potent weather system touched down in Alabama. As survivors pick up the pieces, some are thankful for the warnings they received on television. Spann and Dice are both getting support from online followers.
Attorney General Steve Marshall recognizes 1,688 lbs. shark spotted in Gulf of Mexico HTMS with Safe Schools Initiative Award From The Trussville Tribune staff reports for Excellence From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville Middle School was presented with a major safety award by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall Wednesday, April 17. HTMS was the recipient of the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award for Excellence and was one of only 10 schools in the state to achieve the honor. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts, as well as most of the private schools in Alabama. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Marshall. “The Alabama Safe Schools Awards for Excellence is an important tradition of the Attorney General’s Office, to recognize schools throughout our state for dedication and excellence in keeping students safe. With these awards, we honor those who have achieved particularly high standards and set examples that others may follow. We are grateful for their service and commitment to protecting the children of Alabama.” Marshall presented the award at the middle school auditorium in front of an audience that included students, Mayor Buddy Choat, the Trussville City Council, the school board for Trussville City Schools, Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill and representatives of Trussville police and fire departments. Dr. Lisa Berry, principal of HTMS, received the award on behalf of the school. “I am so appreciative of the Attorney General’s Safe Schools
Award for our school, district, and community,” said Berry. “It truly takes teamwork on a daily basis. Our students and staff are our top priority each day, and we work diligently to provide a safe, supportive and academically excellent environment where we not only focus on physical safety but social and emotional safety too. I am very appreciative of the support we receive from our superintendent, Dr. Pattie Neill, our Board of Education, Trussville Police and Fire, our mayor and city council, and our parents.” Trussville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill was especially proud of the middle school’s achievement and what it meant for the school system as a whole. “We are so proud of Trussville Middle School, and it is a great day for our whole school district,” said Neill. “Many of the safety measures we use at the middle schools we use at every school. So, the award at the middle school is a testament to the safety in every school; but, I’m most proud of Hewitt-Trussville Middle School for being recognized as one of the top 10 schools in the state for school safety and being recognized by our attorney general.” Berry shared some of what it takes to ensure the safety of Trussville’s schools. “(Safety) is always a focus,”
said Berry. “I’ve said this many times, but I get up in the morning thinking about school safety, I go to bed at night thinking about school safety. So, we’re always trying to stay in front of any situations; developing relationships with our kids, our kids talk to us, and they let us know when things are out of the ordinary and unexpected. It’s just a constant dialogue. Our teachers get it; our staff gets it. It is teamwork.” Just as this award recognizes and honors what Hewitt-Trussville Middle School has done in the arena of school safety, it also sets up HTMS as a leader and a beacon for other schools in the state to emulate and to confer with. “It is great, number one, for this school to be recognized,” said Marshall. “That sends a really wonderful message, not only to the parents of the students here but also the community; that school safety is a priority. What you also want is there to be lots of other shining examples other than Hewitt-Trussville Middle School doing safety well. So that if I’m a superintendent…that says, ‘How can we potentially do school safety better,’ then you would want them to be able to look at a list of those who have received one of the awards to reach out and say, ‘Tell us what you do, how do you work together with public safety and law enforcement, what do you do to engage other non-traditional partners and what is it that is effectively working from a school resource side?’ So, I think what I hope is that Dr. Berry’s phone rings from many people this summer just to pick her brain on what they’re doing here that’s been highlighted as best practices and how we can replicate that in other places.”
Random act of kindness Each week, we are asking readers to send in stories of random acts of kindness. This week, our letter is from Alexandria Moore. If you would like to share your story, email our editor at Erica.Thomas@ trussvilletribune.com or tell your story on our Facebook page with #TribRAK.
Dear Trussville Tribune, Talk about a blessing. I came to Bent and Dent on 231 and a lady came to pay for her items with rolled-up pennies. The man gave her the pack of diapers and both kids an Easter basket full of toys and candy. This place is awesome the people that run it are super nice. I’ve got to stop at least once a week just to see what kind of deals I can get they literally have everything. And I love to save me some money. It was just awesome to see it brought me to tears how nice they are and they do this all the time for people I just happened to witness this one time. April Medders.
Mulga man wanted on a felony warrant From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Mulga man is wanted on a felony charge related to the sex offender registration act, according to Crime Stoppers. Jeffery Scott Wilkinson, 49, is wanted in Jefferson County on a felony warrant charging him with a violation of the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.
Wilkinson is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, and weighs 270 pounds. He has bald/gray hair and brown eyes. His last known address is in the 1500 block of Camille Street in Mulga. Anyone who knows Wilkinson’s whereabouts may contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama and may remain anonymous.
PANAMA CITY — A large great white shark with a tag by a research organization "pinged" south of Panama City. The 1,688-pound shark named Miss Costa was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, according to researchers with OCEARCH. A “ping” occurs when a tagged shark’s dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water, transmitting a signal
Miss Costa making a stop in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2018.
to a satellite, according to OCEARCH. The researchers said it is rare to see a large female
shark that far north into the Gulf. Miss Costa's movement can be followed on Twitter.
Remlap woman wanted on felony charges From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A Remlap woman is wanted on felony charges related to the fraudulent use of a credit card, according to Crime Stoppers. Courtney Lynn Bailey, 39, is wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrants charging her with theft of property in the second degree and fraudu-
lent use of a credit card. Bailey is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, and weighs 105 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. Her last known address is in the 5000 block of Pine Mountain Road in Remlap. Anyone who knows Bailey's whereabouts can contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Man killed in wrong-way crash identified From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The man who was killed early Saturday, April 20, after a car had a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 459, has been identified. Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates said Kendrick
Lee Campbell, 31, of Tuscaloosa, died after the crash near the Highway 280 exit. Alabama State Troopers responded to the accident at 5:15 a.m. Investigators said a black Chevrolet Camaro was traveling southbound in the northbound lane when it hit the commercial truck. The driver of the tractor-trailer had minor injuries
and was taken to Grandview Medical Center for treatment. State Troopers said Campbell was the only person in the car. Yates said dispatchers had received several calls of a wrong-way driver leading up to the crash. Those reports came from Interstate 65, Highway 280 and I-459.
TICKETS, from front page
for certain misdemeanor offenses, according to Capt. David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Going forward, deputies with Jefferson County will be able to issue a ticket or summons, instead of taking those caught into custody, for certain types of non-violent misdemeanors. “Known as the big-ticket citation, this allows a crime to be addressed without the person in violation of a non-violent misdemeanor being put in jail, or having to make bond,” said Agee. Agee said that some misdemeanor offenses will now be cited as “big-ticket, non-violent offenses,” which will not call for the suspect to be taken into custody. This new policy can be applied to certain crimes involving marijuana. “An example of when a big-ticket citation will be used is in the issuance, or instance of marijuana possession second degree, or misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia,” said Agee. “Instead of the violator being taken into custody, their citation will be
Capt. Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
addressed by the court. Deputies will still have the option of making an arrest if the possession of marijuana is tied to another serious crime. “So, essentially, Sheriff Petway is saying we would rather use these (a uniform non-traffic citation) than these (handcuffs). The outcome is still the same. We would rather use the arrest on paper than have to take a person into custody for small amounts of marijuana or paraphernalia or misdemeanor crimes. This is the citation; it achieves the same goal, but the overall savings to everybody is tremendous.” The new policy will not impact those already in jail for
these types of crimes, but Agee believes it will have an impact on the community. “I can’t give you numbers,” said Agee. “But when a person is coming into jail, they’ve got to be booked, fingerprinted, dressed out, assigned a linen, you know. That adds up. That takes time away, where you’re booking this misdemeanor, you know, you have felonies that you could be getting, booking. Or it could free up time for the jail staff for searches, to prevent weapons and drugs from being in the jail. So, if we can slow down these misdemeanors coming in jail and still address the crimes, it’s going to help us tremendously.”
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Apr. 24 - 30, 2019
April 24 Wellness Screenings St. Vincent’s Trussville from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $20 - To stay abreast of your numbers, cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference screenings will be held by appointment. Results and interpretation in fifteen minutes with a simple finger stick. Please call 408-6550 to register for St. Vincent’s Trussville. By appointment only. April 24 Fun Fiesta Foods – Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Trussville Mexican cuisine doesn’t have the best reputation for healthy food. Most celebrations include fried chips with queso and super sweet margaritas, racking up several hundred calories before the party even starts. Join Registered Dietitian, Donna Sibley, for a cooking class that will help you offer a healthier fiesta full of bold and spicy flavors, whether it’s a special celebration or an easy weeknight dinner. The menu will include Skillet Enchiladas, Spicy Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, Mexican Grilled Corn, Citrus Jicama Salad and Watermelon Agua Fresca. To register, please call 408-6550 by 10 a.m. on April 23th. April 25 Heart Health Lunch & Learn with BHC at The Trussville Public Library 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Educational program sponsored by Birmingham Heart Clinic. Dr. Jason Thompson from BHC will discuss The Latest Guidelines and Trends in Cardiology, followed by general Q&A. A light lunch will be provided. REGISTRATION IS requested. Call 655-2022 or sign up online at http://www. trussvillelibrary.com/adult/adultevents/. For more information, email email@example.com. April 27 4TH ANNUAL QUARRY CRUSHER RUN 8:00 am - 10:00 am Vulcan Materials Opens Quarry to Race Participants, Benefits Tarrant City Schools.
Offering up-close views inside a working quarry and a running challenge like no other, Vulcan Materials Company hosts the 4th annual Quarry Crusher Run at its Dolcito quarry near Tarrant City. The race starts in the middle of the quarry, goes to the top, then all the way down past rock cliffs to the bottom before bringing you back to the finish line. Runners experience a 700 foot elevation change on an average grade incline of 10-percent. Participants have two distance options: the 4 mile Quarry Crusher Run and the 8 mile Double Crusher. Registration is available online at www.quarrycrusherrun.com. Race prices range from $40 to $50 and include official t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Discounts are available for military, first responders, teachers, students and teams. Prizes are awarded to overall winners and age group placers. “For runners who like a challenge, for anyone who enjoys the chance to experience an extraordinary environment that’s usually not accessible, this race is for you,” says Race Director Jaime Lomas. “Our Birmingham race is unique in our series, because it’s the only one that starts in the middle of the quarry—and the only one that starts with an uphill climb to the top.” The Quarry Crusher Run is now held at nine Vulcan Materials locations across the country. Runners who participate in multiple races get discounts and can earn exclusive Rock the Quarry series medals. Every Quarry Crusher race has a community partner, with Vulcan Materials donating race proceeds to these local organizations. Quarry Crusher Run Birmingham benefits Tarrant City Schools. April 27 2nd Annual Mega Yard Sale 7:00 am - 1:30 pm The St. Vincent de Paul Society is sponsoring a community yard sale in Trussville. For $20 you can rent two parking spaces. We’ll do all the advertising and organizing. Last year we had an incredible turnout. The customers said that when they yard sale, they spend more time driv-
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Little Women now playing at ACTA Theatre By Shaun Szkolnik, for the Tribune
TRUSSVILLE — The beauty of a book is that its borders are only bounded by two imaginations: that of the writer and that of the reader. A play doesn’t have the same luxury. Once a thing is brought into the purely physical world, it is expected to abide by the purely physical laws, and in that purely physical world, the limitations are far harsher than they are in the realms of imagination. So, it becomes the trick of any production standing behind the play to transcend and transport. First to transcend reality and then to transport the audience far, far away from the stage and from their seats. ACTA’s production of Little Women, which debuted Friday, gloriously succeeds at both. Set on the periphery of the American Civil War, “Little Women” tells the story of the March women. Four young ladies of unique abilities, qualities and temperaments, being guarded and guided by their mother, whom they affectionately call Marmee. Based on the Louisa May Alcott classic, the play uses an ingenious framing mechanism, worthy of Joseph Conrad, and minimal set changes to tell this tale of love, laughter and loss that crosses over the world and across several years. Director
Suellen Wilkins and a marvelous cast and crew have created a very fine show that is sure to please fans of the novel and movie adaptations of Little Women, as well as those that have no familiarity with the source material. “After reading five versions of the play, I chose this adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ by Thomas Hischak because it didn’t cut parts just to condense the long novel,” said Wilkins in her director’s notes. “Because the story covers several years (1863-1868) and many characters, Hischak employs a narrator, Josephine (Jo) March who tells the story and ties the scenes together by providing background information. The four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — continue to live in the hearts of readers. They face joys and sorrows as they grow up, fall in love and face life. Jo, of course, is Louisa May Alcott.” Also worthy of praise is the cast. Each one gives a fantastic performance and, after
seeing the play, it is hard to imagine anyone else in these roles. The play features Lara Moore as Mrs. Thomlinson, Jana Hoffman as Josephine March, Whitney Howton as Marmee, Kaytie Ellis as Meg, Susan Cook as Jo, Janay Deering as Beth, Kathleen Smith as Amy, Charleen Harbison as Hannah, Sarah Kuykendall as Aunt March, Ron Landry as Mr. Laurence, Shawn Reese as Laurie, Johnny Underwood as John Brooke, Danyelle Small as Mrs. Moffet, Megan Moran as Clara, Rachel Small as Jenny, Brence Daggett as Marty, Rebekah Platt as Sarah, Savannah Claire Tawbush as Katy, Lara Moore as Mrs. Kirke, Jenna Rutledge as Kitty, Mary Potter as Minnie and Curtis Frost as Professor Friedrich Bhaer. Little Women is playing at ACTA Theater: Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. ACTA Theatre is located at 225 Parkway Drive. Tickets
may be purchased at www.actatheater.com. Springville Community Theater to hold auditions for Peter Pan From The Trussville Tribune staff reports SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Community Theater will bring Peter Pan to the stage this July. Auditions are open to anyone who would like to participate in this production. There are plenty of opportunities to do onstage work of fill a role backstage: build sets, paint backdrops, gather props, sew costumes, run lights and sound, work in the box office,
PINSON — As the digital world is taking up more and more of our lives, local libraries are using the phenomenon to better serve their patrons by adopting platforms that make entertainment and education more readily available to the community. One such platform is Kanopy, and it is available now for members of the Pinson Public Library. “Kanopy is a digital streaming service,” said Pinson Library Director Allison Scanlan. “It is a lot like Netflix and Hulu, but it mostly focusses on educational content and documentaries. It is available free with your library card as long as you live in the city limits of Pinson.” Patrons that are interested in integrating the Kanopy system into their lives will first need to sign up for the
service by creating an account at Kanopy.com. The sign up is easy but it will require that consumers have their library card, or at least their library card number, and a valid email address available. Once signed on Kanopy can be used and enjoyed in a variety of ways. Patrons can access the content over their computers, mobile phones, tablets and even their TVs if they have smart televi-
sions. “Kanopy has movies, films,” said Scanlan “Its main focus is educational and documentary. They have Kanopy Kids which is all kids content. You can learn a language there. You can watch films from the Criterion Collection, so it has a more focused collection.” Kanopy was rolled out by the Pinson Library on April 8. Each account allows for pa-
SCIENCE FAIR, from front page
The Hewitt-Trussville High School Senior Engineering Academy students competed at the March 2 competition. Eighteen teams from Hewitt-Trussville participated in the highly competitive fair. Six of them placed in
looks to see if the crossing is still blocked before turning green. Third place in the Physical Science Category – Cameron Gallups: Her insulin pump power source uses the motion of a person walking to produce power. The
Hewitt-Trussville High School Senior Engineering Academy science fair winners
sell ads send out publicity and fill the state. While no experience is necessary, actors must be at least seven years of age. Auditions and crew sign-up will be held at the Springville Middle School on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. It is not necessary to attend both dates. The show will run from Thursday July 25, to Sunday July 28. For more information, visit springvillecommunitytheater.com.
Pinson Library offers new digital service to patrons By Shaun Szkolnik, for The Tribune
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trons to digitally check out ten items per month. The response by the public has been enthusiastic. “It’s been really good so far,” said Scanlan “We have a lot of teachers that are interested in using it in their classrooms. Our home school families are one of the main reasons we chose to get that service. We have a lot of homeschool families, and they really like the educational content. You can learn a language on there and all sorts of stuff.” For a library patron looking for a digital platform geared more towards entertainment the Pinson Library also offers a digital system called Hoopla. Hoopla can be signed up in a similar way to Kanopy. Hoopla offers movies, music, tv shows and audiobooks. Patrons can also access Hoopla, once they have signed up, through their computers, mobile phones, tablets, and smart TVs.
the competition, four were named honorable mentions and two of them received special awards. The teams that placed will advance to the state fair in Huntsville. At the board meeting, each winner was introduced and was given the chance to shake hands with board members and Superintendent Pattie Neill. Here is the full list of winners: First place in the Medical Category and overall Intel Award winner — Reagan Shoop: Her helmet with concussion sensors detects the level of impact from football hits and activates different lights to notify trainers. First place in the medical category and overall Intel Award Winner. She gets an automatic spot in the International Science Fair. First place in the Transportation Category — Kayla Donalson, Will Bradley and Coy Trammell: They invented an infant car seat temperature sensor that prevents hot car deaths. The technology emails parents, then 911, when the child is in danger. First place in Computer Science — Carson McCombs and Jaden Arnold: The Table Top Gaming Brain makes complicated games with lots of rules more fun to play by stepping gamers through all of the rules. Second place in the Transportation Category — Abbie Manscill: Her handicap-friendly intersection allows for more crossing time for individuals who need more time. It also
primary function is to maintain the battery charge on an insulin pump. It can also be used to charge cellphones. Honorable mention in the Energy Category — Luke Burford, Alex Litwin and Lucas Campbell: Their Gravity Generator produces electricity by a falling weight. It is an alternative power source that does not require the sun or wind. Honorable mention in the Engineering Category — Jake Morris and Nathan Gudglen: Their paintball/ hunting helmet has a builtin display to track teammates. It can be utilized by the military to prevent friendly fire. Honorable Mention — Ryan Payant, Noah Rigg and Austin Hicks: Their Bicycle Car Detection Device is a sensor that is mounted on a bicycle to monitor for approaching vehicles. It notifies the cyclist with a light and tells the car. Honorable Mention in the Engineering Category — Aaron Dykes, Christian Nichols and Cal Roberts: Their video stabilization device allows the user to take high-quality video without a camera shake. Special Award Intel in Computer Science — Abigail Williamson: Photos for the Blind produces tactile photos for the blind. There are three different methods for producing these photos. Special Award Intel in Computer Science — Christian Bender: The Autism Tracker is for the family of a child with autism. The location device notifies parents of their child’s location.
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You Will Play Like You Practice I’ve coached park and recreation basketball for fifteen years. Over that time, I’ve come to appreciate the parallels that exist between playing basketball, and successful objective driven investing. This article will be the first of a four-part series over the coming months, where we’ll explore four tenants that govern every team that I coach. Today, we’ll explore “You will play like you practice”. Next month, we’ll discuss “If you’re going to do it, do it”. Third, we’ll talk about the two most important two letter words in the English language, “if it is to be it is up to me”. Finally, we’ll conclude with pearls of great price aren’t to be had for the asking. “You will play like you practice” is probably the most important standard of excellence for which any of my teams strive. Said another way, out work yesterday. Out work your opponent. The effort that you put on the court when it counts, is
a direct function of the effort you put into practicing for that moment. I’ve told my players that no team has ever accidentally won a game. Nothing good ever happens by accident. You work to put yourself in a position to achieve greatness. Its methodical. Its intentional. Its structured. Its planned. Its driven by a will to succeed and a refusal to accept anything less than the highest
standard you can set for yourself. If you approach practice with a half-hearted effort, then you’ll achieve mediocre results. Investing is no different. No one ever accomplished a retirement goal by accident. You envision a 40-year retirement plan. You’re not going to achieve that goal in one year, so you break it down into manageable, quarterly, attainable goals. Just like we break our season schedule into multiples of four quarters, and the goal becomes to win each quarter by two points. Then its structured. You commit to a certain dollar amount per month into your 401k. Methodically, you make that investment every month, without fail. You intentionally work with your advisor to remain abreast of economic trends and market factors, and proactively manage the account rather than just making reactive adjustments. You’re driven by the will to be independent one day, on your terms, with
the financial freedom for which you’ve fought over your working life. It requires a lot of sweat, effort, mental toughness and sacrifice. Achieving long term goals is a proactive process. Our championship trophies represent moments in time, when nets were cut down, and we achieved goals. What you need to realize is that championship moments in time, are merely the culmination of hundreds of minutes of practicing like we wanted to play, over the previous four months. Every year, every month, every week, every day, the objective is to simply push the bar just a bit higher than the day before. Outwork yesterday. Outwork the opponents of apathy, lethargy, skepticism, fear, greed, and sensationalism. Athletes condition their bodies in the gym. Investors should condition their minds by being involved, learning, and engaging with their advisors.
You’ll play like you practice. How are you practicing? Are you deliberately, methodically, and intentionally outworking yesterday in an effort to win a championship? In this analogy, I see myself as my client’s coach, and our goal is to cut down a retirement net one day. If you’re not on a team, then give us a call and let’s start working toward your championship. (*) = Securities products are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Before investing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, limitations, charges and expenses of the product and any underlying investment options. This information can be found in the prospectuses or offering statements. Please read carefully before investing. Variable products are subject to investment risk, including possible loss of principal. Before investing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, limitations, charges and expenses of the
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Bill giving more options for armed school security clears Senate By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill to make it easier for retired law enforcement officers to become armed school security personnel passed the Alabama Senate Thursday and could get a vote in the House next week. “It will give schools and sheriffs departments more options and opportunities to hire people,” Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, said about Senate Bill 255 and House Bill 209. The legislation changes state law to allow former state, local or federal law enforcement officers with at least 25 years of experience and who retired in good standing to become armed school security personnel. They would not have to be certified by the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOST), as is currently required of school resource officers. Rep. Phillip Pettus, R-Greenhill, the sponsor of the House bill, has previously said the weeks-long training is unneces-
sary for former law enforcement and a hinderance for getting them into schools. Melson said the bill came from local law enforcement who were facing shortages of potential school resource officers. “In Alabama, we have a lot of retired FBI agents, state troopers, and police officers, many of whom also have extensive military experience,” Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, said in a written statement. “Sen. Melson’s bill will allow the schools to have a larger pool of qualified security officers from which to draw.” The bill also requires that retirees complete active shooter prevention training approved by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and have completed a firearms certification course. The bill is similar to one Pettus sponsored last year. It was approved in the House, but died without a vote in the full Senate on the final day of the session. “I think the House is eager to tackle this problem and with the officers being part time it will save the counties and
municipalities a lot of money than hiring full-time officers,” Pettus said Thursday. “And the amount of experience these retired officers have shouldn’t be wasted, and should be put to use defending our children.” Schools can hire their own security staff or contract with local law enforcement for school resource officers. Schools can currently hire non-APOST certified security force members, but they can’t be armed. Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of School Superintendents of Alabama, said his organization didn’t have a stance on the bill. He said the majority of school systems currently use school resource officers who are members of the local police departments or sheriff’s offices rather than hiring their own school security personnel. Some law enforcement agencies charge school systems to have their officers on school grounds while some provide them for free as part of their mission of protecting and policing their
communities. “In schools, there are a lot of members of a community gathered at one time,” Hollingsworth said. The Senate voted 33-0 to pass Melson’s bill. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he supported efforts to bolster school safety as long as they were in line with Gov. Kay Ivey’s “Smart on Safety” initiative. Last May, in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Ivey created a task force charged with recommending policy changes to improve school safety. Among the recommendations was allowing schools without an SRO to have administrators trained and armed on campus. The House had Pettus’ companion bill on its agenda, but adjourned before it came up. A vote could occur as soon as Tuesday. No school security line item in budget The Alabama State Department of Education earlier this year requested a
always want to make sure that our children are safe, but we want to make sure what we decide is going to be the best option for everyone…” Poole said. Asked about state funding specifically dedicated to school safety, Poole said he would wait and see what the Senate passes first. “I just don’t know yet. We got the governor’s office budget, so we are looking at that and what comes to us from the Senate as well.” Ivey has touted school security as a priority and said plans need to be specific to a community. A comment on funding wasn’t available from her office Thursday. “Our preference is for more decisions to be made at the local level especially with funding,” Hollingsworth said. “With the Advancement and Technology Fund allocation this year, some of these local issues can be addressed. Every school district is different with different needs.” Alabama Daily News reporter Caroline Beck contributed to this report.
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$22 million line item in the 2020 education budget for school security. That funding isn’t in the budget proposal Gov. Kay Ivey sent lawmakers, but schools do have options for spending on security, Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said Thursday. He’s chairman of the Senate education budget committee. Last year, lawmakers agreed to let schools use money from an annual technology fund for security needs. Orr said Advancement and Technology funds available to K-12 schools in a few months will total about $198 million. Orr said in 2020, projections are that a “sizable amount” of money will again be available. “The decision (to handle school security funding this way) was collective by the governor and legislative leadership,” Orr said. Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, is the House education budget committee chairman. He said lawmakers are taking a holistic approach to school safety. “Certainly, school safety and school security is a major concern for us and we
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Lorien Marie Chambers december
In Loving Memory of
Mary Jo Ledbetter (DeRoncey)
8, 1981 – april 16, 2019
Age 37 0f Fultondale Alabama formerly of Trussville Alabama passed away on Tuesday April 16th 2019. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday April 20th at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens, 1591 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham, Alabama 35235. She was a member of Church of the Highlands. She is survived By: George T, Chambers (Father), Lisa P. Chambers (Mother), Chris Chambers and Kelly Peede (Brother and Fiancé). Nieces and Nephews, Mia Mims, Logan Peede, Gavin Bowien, Ayden Forbus, Aunt, Patti Pennington. Uncle and Aunt, Rodger Steven Chambers, Jane Chambers of Bristol Tennessee
Linda Sims Sides january
17, 1943 ~ april 15, 2019 (age 76)
Linda Sims Sides was born in Hopewell, Alabama on January 17, 1943. Linda believed in family and cherished (either laughing or crying) with every moment. Parents were Edward Sims and Inez Lewis and was one of five siblings: Annette Martin (Sonny), Genevieve Keith, Donald Sims (Nancy), Diane Dewitt (Phillip) and Steve Sims (Nadine) to Edward Sims and Inez Lewis. Linda was a dedicated and hard worker. She worked at Rich’s / Macy’s as a Sales Associate for 38 years before retiring in October 2018. She was such a private person and never wanted to ask for assistance or to bother anyone. She was a kind person and was there to lend a hand or comment (open to interpretation). Bossy but she had the best Linda intentions. Linda was a devoted and loving mother of Brett Sides McAnally (Larry) and William Barry Sides (Kristine). She was very proud of her family and excited to be “Grammie” to Leigh, Abbey, Chloe, Jonathan (Megan) and Dustin. Family and friends will gather at the Jefferson Home Memorial on Friday, April 19, 2019 for visitation 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.
Age 93, of Birmingham went home to be with the Lord Thursday night, April 18, 2019 in Fairfax, Virginia. She was born and raised in Birmingham along with her three brothers and three sisters. She graduated from Phillips High School. Mary Jo served with honor in the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) as Tech Sergeant first at Fort Monroe in Virginia and then at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Paris for three years. While at SHAPE Headquarters, she worked for Generals Alfred D. Gruenther, C. Rodney Smith, and Malcolm B. Breckenridge. And, while stationed in Paris, she traveled through seven different countries. After returning to Fort Monroe, she married William Harvey Ledbetter in Hampton, VA and then returned with Harvey to Birmingham. They celebrated 41 years of marriage before his passing in 1997. Together they raised William Joseph (Joe), Kenneth (Ken) Lee and Mary Kathryn (Kay) Hawkins. Mary Jo retired from Small Business Administration after 27 years. She attended 66th Street Baptist Church, Packer Memorial Baptist Church, and Carson Road Baptist Church over the years. Mary Jo is preceded in death by her husband Harvey and son Joe; parents Alexander Joseph and Mary Estelle DeRoncey; brothers Robert DeRoncey, Jack DeRoncey and Maurice Stewart; and sister Margaret Burks. She is survived by her son Ken of Mobile, Alabama; daughter Kay (Keith) Hawkins of Fairfax, VA; grandson Ian Hawkins; sisters Doris Muir and Patricia Coots as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at 11:00am with funeral service to follow at 12:00pm (Noon) April 24, 2019 at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. Mary Jo (Joey) to her family and close friends was loved dearly and will be sorely missed.
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Girl Scouts raise money to install drain at Trussville Dog Park From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — A group of local Girl Scouts came together to help the Trussville Dog Park Auxillary install a drain pipe. Ashley Lange, Lee'Anya Matthews, Wren Wilkins and Mallory Kallaher with Girl Scout Troup 30148 raised money from cookie sales to go towards the installation.
Trussville Detectives Need to Identify 3 wanted in an Identity Theft Case From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Detectives with the Trussville Police Department obtained surveillance images of three people wanted in connection to an identity theft case. According to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama, the
victim's bank information was stolen and used to make several
fraudulent purchases and transactions at a retail location and at
a banking location. If you recognize any of these pictured suspects you can contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at (205) 254-7777. You will remain anonymous, and the information you provide to Crime Stoppers leading to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect could result in a cash reward.
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The need for a drain was evident after the section for large dogs flooded several times after heavy rain. The new drain directs water into the Cahaba River behind the dog park. The troup also won the Bronze Award for their effort, which is the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts. The purpose of the award is to encourage scouts to make a lasting impact on their community.
Intervention/Enrichment (IE) block. Depending on the needs of the student, they were assigned to small groups with a teacher helping them in the area they needed most. Throughout the year, the needs can change, so teachers continually meet to discuss changes and improvements. IE block consists of 1) Reading: STAR (instructional level, grade equivalent, growth), AR (comprehension percentage, number and types
of books read, goal attainment), and Scantron reading. 2) Math: Scantron math, common assessments and Dream Box. Lothspeich said the importance of this program is the differentiation factor.
“We needed to really focus in on differentiation...if a child needs intervention in a subject they are getting that at that time. If they don’t, they’re getting some sort of enrichment based on their individualized needs,”
Lothspeich said. According to the data presented, Lothspeich said the IE program has helped improve student growth. Paine also offers the EnRich program for 4th and 5th graders to experience Math Teams, Paine Passports, Scholars Bowl, Girls Who Code, Sports Stats, Paine’s Top Chef, Young Authors, GEMS Big Debate, Maze Runners and The Amazing Race. 385 students are currently participating in Paine EnRich.
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Kids Talk about God: Should You Obey A Law That Forbids Worshipping God? By Carey Kinsolving and Friends
"I would rather die than to obey a law that prohibits worshiping God," says Sarah, age 8. "I love God with all my heart. You should do what's right. Obey what's right, and you will be fine." Thank you for your incredible statement, Sarah. I'm amazed and challenged by your love and devotion. "I would pray three times a day in the morning, at lunch and at suppertime," says Lindsay, 11. "I would have a quiet time in the morning and at night." You're in good company, Lindsay. The prophet Daniel prayed three times a day. His custom became the focus of a plot hatched by people who were jealous of his position in the court of King Darius. The king signed a decree that guaranteed a luncheon with the royal lions if you prayed to any god or man other than the king. In other words, whoever violated the decree would become lion lunch meat. Daniel's custom was to pray with his window open toward Jerusalem. It would have been very easy to justify closing the window during the 30 days of the decree. Daniel could have said: "Can you please shut the window? It's kind of breezy in here today." Not Daniel. His pattern never changed. Daniel was thrown into the lions' den, but the lions suddenly lost their appetites. This miracle apparently impressed the king, who issued another order: "I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom, men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel." Sara, 10, is on target when she says, "You should set a good example for other people to know God, and not worship something else." Amy, 11, adds, "It is better to die for a true God than living and worshiping a false god." Yes, Daniel is an example. Do you suppose he knew God would shut the lions' mouths? Nothing in the Bible indicates he knew anything of God's plan to turn the lions into house cats during his overnight stay in their den. "If you believe in the real God, no matter what happens to you, you will not get hurt at all because God and
his angels are always with you. That is having faith in God," says Salar, 10. Uh, excuse me, Salar. How do you explain the death of first-century Christians who were devoured by lions in the Roman Coliseum? Obviously, it was God's purpose to show unbelievers the courage and peace of Christians as they looked past death into the glories of heaven. As Stephen the evangelist was being stoned to death, he said: "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" (Acts 7:56). Who would have guessed that one of the young men consenting to Stephen's death would become God's chief agent for spreading the gospel? Later, that young man's name, Saul, was changed to Paul - the Apostle Paul. "I think that if Jesus was able to give his life and die for us, we should be able to stand up and say that we will not obey a law that forbids us from worshiping him," says Alyssa, 12. Think about this: Laws that coerce people to worship false gods or the true God should not be obeyed. Memorize this truth: "But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: 'We ought to obey God rather than men'" (Acts 5:29). Ask this question: If a law were passed forbidding the worship of God, would you obey it? "Kids Talk About God" is written and distributed by Carey Kinsolving. To access free, online "Kids Color Me Bible" books, "Mission Explorers" videos, a new children's musical, and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, visit www. KidsTalkAboutGod.org.
On Finishing In Second Place Michael J. Brooks
I found former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s book at our local library recently and enjoyed reading about his life and service. I heard the governor speak in 2012 and know him to be a commanding figure in person. He didn’t hold back in his book, either! Christie told about his rise from federal prosecutor to governor, flirting with a national office and the two issues he dealt with in his final term that torpedoed his popularity: Bridgegate and Beachgate. In the former, he explained that the investigation drug on for two years but cleared him of all charges. And he described the latter as a news media publicity stunt. Christie and his family were photographed by helicopter on a state beach during a time of state government shut-down. Thus,
the public accused him of privilege. Christie explained that the public beaches were open, though the state beaches weren’t, and that the beach he was on always had a onemile perimeter protected by New Jersey security. I guess I’d overlooked the drama in 2016 as the soon-tobe-nominee Donald Trump determined who his running-mate would be. It came down to two: Christie and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Christie said Trump offered him another government post, but Christie only had interest in the so-called “veepstakes” or Attorney General. He walked away with neither since Trump had already offered the justice spot to Sen Jeff Sessions. This story reminded me that life often comes down to two choices. Most of us have had the distinction of finishing in second place every now and again.
Sometimes we fall short in job interviews or promotions. I remember a department director in state government telling me this years ago, insisting that they had to hire a female. My being a stepping stone for female advancement didn’t make me feel any better! And we take little comfort in being number two in athletic competitions, even though our team may have defeated a dozen or more in the process of becoming number two--as with Alabama football or Auburn basketball this year. As followers of Christ we know we’re always number two! We’re called to be God’s servants, and the servant’s desires are always subject to the master’s desires. We subjugate our goals to his, and this process is never-ending. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). And along the way we have to learn to pick ourselves up and press forward in
By Michael J. Brooks
those days when we fall short of some objective. King Solomon wrote, “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again” (Proverbs 24:16). The God who created us rejoices in our success and sympathizes in our failure. Reflections is a weekly devotional column written by Michael J. Brooks, pastor of the Siluria Baptist Church in Alabaster, Ala. The church's website is siluriabaptist.com.
By Kasey Graydon
Have you ever wondered if you were going to make it? Like seriously thought to yourself “I don’t know how much more of this I can take?” You are not even remotely considering anything as severe as suicide or leaving everything behind, you’re just freaking tired. Tired of schedules, tired of expectations, tired of bills, tired of people disappointing you, tired of disappointing people, & the list goes on. This is me. More specifically this is me right now. Life gets to us sometimes and we just need a breath of fresh air. Sometimes it’s all more than we can handle and we just need help. Sunday morning I got some help. I wasn’t asking for it. I’m too proud for that. I was lying in bed and dreading another predictable church service. When God told me “everything will be ok” and that “I was going to make it”. He started with a song. My wife was doing her makeup and she was listening to worship music on Pandora. When I was awake enough to know what was going on, a song came on “He will hold me fast”
by Kristyn Getty. EVERY SINGLE WORD baptized my heart with relief. Look it up. Anyway, That song was enough to get me out of bed and to head to church. We visited First Baptist Church Trussville’s 9:30 a.m. service. They had a big choir of about 100. I am 33 years old & all of them were older than me. As we begin to sing “Worthy is the Lamb” I begin to notice the faces of all the choir members. Every one of them were overcome with joy,
Everyone of them believed what they were singing, and every one of them were older than me. They all have been through more than double the “LIFE” that I have and they still love God and God still loved them. God was telling me He will “hold me fast” & then he showed me the smiling faces of HUNDREDS of men and women who still believe in what they were singing despite all of the tough days they had lived through. No matter what you’re going
through right now, rest easy and believe that God still believes in you even when you don’t believe in him. He still loves you even when you are filled with doubt. He still has a plan even if you feel lost. The next time you are struggling with all of this Christian stuff find someone older than you that still believes. It’s amazing to witness Gods faithfulness to US throughout our entire lives regardless of how we feel at the moment. He will hold you fast.
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MVP Spotlight: Eric Besse of HT varsity soccer By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE – Soccer is a sport of strategy, skill, endurance and heart. One of the local student-athletes that best embodies these characteristics, and brings an ample supply of these qualities to every game, is Hewitt-Trussville senior Eric Besse. “Eric has been playing with me since his Sophomore season,” said HT varsity soccer head coach Nick Holt “So, this will be year three for us collaborating together.” See ERIC BESSE, Page 14
Center Point track and field gets the threepeat From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
JEFFERSON COUNTY — Center Point track and field has put up the threepeat, winning it’s third straight Jefferson County Track and Field Meet Championship this week. Senior hurdler Jalen Aibogun won three events as the Eagles won the title in a field of 12 teams that included Clay-Chalkville, Shades See CENTER POINT, Page 14
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HT varsity baseball honors seniors, defeats Mountain Brook, clinches area championship
HT varsity softball trounces Mortimer Jordan, 11-0
Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Vs Loudon United FC
By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Hewitt-Trussville varsity baseball program had a full evening on Wednesday, April 17. First, they honored the graduating seniors’ ballplayers, next they honored graduating diamond dolls, and lastly, they defeated Moutain Brook 8-1, clinching the area championship. Jared Waites was the winning pitcher for the Huskies, putting up eight strikeouts. Keith Lanum had two RBIs; Tyler Mauldin had two RBIs and a triple, while Zach Defnall had a double and a triple in the game. Throw in several exciting double plays, and you’ve got a very fine ballgame. Before the game, seven graduating seniors were recognized for their years of excellence. Parents of the seniors also took place in the ceremony by escorting their sons from the dugout to Homeplate, where the mothers and fathers were given flowers and a framed picture of their child. These seniors have gone to the post season three times and the state championships twice, winning one and coming away second in the state at the other. The graduating seniors honored were: #4 Jacob Bishop. Bishop was escorted by Scott and Becky Bish-
Husky seniors Photo by Ron Burkett / Tribune
op. He plans to attend the University of Alabama where he will major in civil engineering. #6 Julian Sauger. Sauger was escorted by Irene Sauger. He plans to attend Snead State on a baseball scholarship and major in physical education. #7 Greg Waid. Waid was escorted by Scott and Trina Waid. He plans to attend Southern Union where he will major in Industrial Electricity. #8 Creed Parker. Parker was escorted by Mike and Jeannette Parker. He plans to attend The University of North Alabama on a football scholarship. #18 Jared Waites. Waites was escorted by Lynn and Jayme Waites. He plans on attending UAB and majoring in business management. #21 Zach Defnall. Defnall was escorted by Pat and Lori Defnall. He plans on attending Snead State where he will play baseball and
major in psychology. #22 Baylor Hancock. He was escorted by Tom and Pam Hancock. He plans on attending Lee University where he will major in nursing. The Husky varsity baseball program also honored the senior Diamond Dolls. The Diamond Dolls are a group of dedicated volunteers working behind the scenes making sure that the games run smoothly. They collect tickets, work the concession stand and make sure you know the score by operating the board. The graduating Diamond Dolls honored were: Susan Bouler. She has been a Diamond Doll for three years and plans to attend Auburn and major in exercise science. Hallie Breau. She has been a Diamond Doll for two years and plans to attend Auburn and major in nutrition.
Aliyah Ellis. She has been a Diamond Doll for four years. She is undecided about which school she wants to attend. Cassidy Fischer. She has been a Diamond Doll for two years. She plans to attend Jeff State and major in finance. Anna Kerns. She has been a Diamond Doll for one year. She plans to attend UAH and major in nursing. Abby Manscill. She has been a Diamond Doll for three years. She plans to attend Jeff State and then the Highlands where she will major in pastoral leadership. Miriam Stark. She has been a Diamond Doll for four years. She plans to attend Auburn and major in nutritional health and wellness. Anna Katherine Summers. She has been a Diamond Doll for one year. She plans to attend The University of Alabama and major in nursing. Sophia Surrett. She has been a Diamond Doll for three years. She plans on attending The University of Alabama and majoring in news and Media. Taylor Tolbert. She has been a Diamond Doll for four years. She plans on attending The University of Alabama and majoring in business marketing. Susan Voltz. Volts has been a Diamond Doll for three years. She plans on attending Auburn and majoring in chemical engineering.
By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — Outstanding pitching by Molly Cobb helped Hewitt-Trussville varsity softball shut down and shut out Mortimer Jordan 11-0 at Monday night’s game. Cobb took the win for the Huskies. She gave up four hits and zero runs. She pitched five innings, struck out nine and walked one. The Husky offense wasted no time in putting up runs. Crystal Maze singled on a 1-2 count giving See SOFTBALL, Page 14
Pinson Valley varsity softball dominates Locust Fork, 13-2 By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor
LOCUST FORK — Pinson Valley varsity softball had a big win over Locust Fork Monday night, with the Indians claiming a 13-2 victory. Ka’Mya Hampton took the win for Pinson Valley varsity. She gave up two runs and two hits over six innings. Hampton struck out seven. The Indians offense went straight to work with a solo See PINSON, Page 14
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Page 14 Trussville City Schools Foundation offering personalized bricks for stadium From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Schools Foundation is once again selling personalized bricks for the Hewitt-Trussville stadium. The bricks will be installed in the walkway near the concession
stands. Anyone can purchase a brick with a special message for $50. The bricks are 4" x 8" and will hold one to three lines of engraving with 18 to 20 characters per line. The Trussville City Schools Foundation said the bricks are a way to show school spirit, honor graduates, new students, and special teachers or staff members. Past donors have bricks already in place at the entrance of the stadium just inside the front gates. To order a brick, visit www. polarengraving.com/TCSF. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
CENTER POINT, from page 13
Valley, Pinon Valley, Gardendale and Mortimore Jordan. Aibogun totaled 30 points, winning the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Ambria James captured first place in the shot put and took third place in discus throw to score 16 points as Center Point took the girls’ Jeffco title for the second year in a row. Quienterrius Tanksley also captured the discus event for Center Point boys and finished second in the shot. Kobe Collier won the high jump and the 4×400-meter relay team comprised of Lyric Lawson, Jabril Muhammad, Michael Jones, and Kenyon Anthony finished
Jalen Aibogun, from 5A Indoor Track Championship in Feb
third. The Lady Eagles got a boost from Brandy Jamfi, who finished second in the 3,200 meters and anchored the winning 4×800 relay team. The Jefferson County Championships was an excellent tune-up for all the Jeffco schools with AHSAA Section track meets set for the weekend of April 25-26-27.
HT varsity softball honors senior student athletes before game against Prattville
By Shaun Szkolnik, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Hewitt-Trussville varsity softball program honored five senior student-athletes Tuesday night before their game against Prattville. After the ceremony, the Huskies demolished their opponent 11-1 in five innings of play. As the seniors were escorted to the mound and gifted with balloons and flowers. The graduating softball players are: Hayden Neugent. She was escorted by Heidi Essig and Brad Neugent. She will be attending the University of Alabama where she will major in kinesiology. (Caption) Senior student athletes honored by HT varsity softball program Molly Cobb. She was escorted by Jeff and Julie Cobb. She will attend Auburn University at Montgomery where she will major in elementary education. Hannah Borden. She was escorted by Ruth and Craig Borden. She will attend the University of Southern Mississippi where she will double major in Spanish and business. Kailey Walters. She was es-
corted by Justin Walter and Amber Pendarvis. She will attend Samford University where she will major in health science. Maddie Katona. She was escorted by Brandy and Steve Katona. She was escorted by Brandy and Steve Katona. She will attend Dartmouth College where she will major in chemical engineering. The Huskies dominated the entire game starting with Hannah Borden hitting a home run in the bottom of the first and scoring two runs. Hayden Neugent took the win for the Huskies. She pitched five innings and allowed only one run on two hits. Neugent struck out ten and walked one. Melissa Townsend had the mound for Prattville. She pitched for one inning and gave up six runs on six hits. Townsend struck out two and walked one. Kaelyn Campbell pitched three and a third innings for Prattville. Molly Cobb gave the Huskies their second homer in the second inning. The Huskies hit well on Tuesday. Hannah Dorsett, Crystal Maze, Kenleigh Cahalan, Cobb and Anyce Harvey all managed had multiple hits for the Huskies.
Apr. 24 - 30, 2019 ERIC BESSE, from page 13
“Eric has excelled both in the high school game as well as the club game,” said Holt. “He competes for Alabama FC ECNL boys as well. He is such a competitor and I absolutely love that about him.” Besse is part of a team and as all leaders invariably do, he puts the needs of the team first, draws confidence from his peers and inspires the up-and-coming. “Eric is loved by his teammates,” said Holt. “Most importantly, they respect him and a lot of our younger kids look up to him. Whether it’s training or a game, I can trust Eric to relay our philosophy and what I want for the program to our kids. He’s grown into a phenomenal leader.” Besse is versatile on the field and can perform well at almost any position. However, he is especially useful to Husky varsity soccer playing on the flank. “Eric has a skill set to play pretty much anywhere on the field,” said Holt. “Primarily for us he plays on the flank and he has the pace and technical skills to be really dangerous for us in the attacking third. Whether it’s his delivery and serves for us from wide areas or his ability to take players on and score goals, he is a great target player for us and many times struggle defending against him. He can beat you with his pace, his skills and most importantly, he reads the game so well. He always a step ahead of his opponents.” After high school ends Besse will continue on in his career as a student athlete at Auburn Montgomery. “He has received a scholarship
Indians at a homegame in April Photo by Ron Burkett / Tribune
to play at Auburn Montgomery,” said Holt. “I believe he will make an immediate impact. I am not their coach but I can see him being a phenomenal outside back for the Warhawks.” For Coach Holt the end of the year is bitter sweet. He will miss Besse as a player and as a person. He will also be overjoyed for the steps this young man is taking into the wider world. “We don’t always see eye to eye but I know if I want something done, I can count on him. He has developed into a fantastic leader,” said Holt. “I challenged him before preseason last year to not only be a leader during games but during training sessions, weightlifting, fitness, film, the classroom, etc and I think he has done a great job. What I love about him is the passion he has for the game and how he not only wants to succeed but he wants the entire team to succeed. I’m very proud of Eric and will miss him tremendously but excited to see what is in store for him at the collegiate level.”
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PINSON, from page 13
homerun from Anna Sullivan in the top of the first inning. Pinson Valley put up three runs in the third inning. Hope Cole singled on a 1-1 count to score a run and Shauna Clevenger grounded out, resulting in the scoring of one run. The Indians scored another six runs in the sixth inning. Clevenger, Mollie Peoples, Savannah Mayes
Eric Besse, senior student athlete with HT varsity soccer
and Graci Graves each got a run during the top of that inning. Pinson Valley had a total of 12 hits for the game. Graves, Hampton, Cole and Peoples put up multiple hits for the Indians. Locust Fork had zero errors for the game. Pinson Valley had one error for the game.
Hewitt-Trussville their first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. The Huskies kept up the heat and scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cobb and Anyce Harvey contributed to the team with RBIs. Hewitt-Trussville varsity had one home-run for the game thanks
to Maze who provided one for the Huskies in the third inning. The Huskies had 11 hits for Monday’s game. Maze, Kenleigh Cahalan, Cobb and Harvey put up multiple hits for Hewitt-Trussville with Harvey, Cobb, Calahan and Maze each getting two hits. Mortimer Jordan had four errors for the game.
HT varsity softball. Photo by TCS
Hewitt-Trussville had zero errors for the game.
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